Good vision is a basic human right

Seeing well improves everything in life, your health, education and work opportunities, to  sustainable development of communities and economies. Our sustainable businesses and programmes help raise the global awareness of the implications that poor vision represents and creates solutions to improve the access to primary eye health care.

Inclusive businesses

 By working with local individuals our inclusive business has brought positive change to their communities by developing skills, creating jobs and infrastructures. We adapt our business models to each local context, evaluate their impact and accelerate to scale-up our efforts.

Strategic giving

Certain communities have a lack of eye care awareness and accessibility. We work with those most in need and create long-term social impact by raising awareness, conducting free eye examinations, lenses and frame donations and funding for local vision care programmes.


2.5 billion people suffer from uncorrected poor vision and the biggest barrier is awareness. Most have lived with visual impairment all their life and do not know that visual correction solutions exist. We lobby and raise awareness of the importance good vision so everyone can understand the quality of life benefits that come with healthy vision.

Sustainable Development Goals

Essilor contributes strongly to the United Nation’s development agenda. We contribute to 13 of the 17 United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals through our mission and our management of impacts.

  • No poverty
  • Good health
  • Quality education
  • Gender equality
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Renewable energy
  • Good jobs and economic growth
  • Innovation and infrastructure
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Responsible consumption
  • Climate action
  • Peace and justice
  • Partnerships for the goals
United Nations sustainability goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

Environmental footprint


Water reduction

We are constantly improving our processes that involve water usage and continue to lower the amount of water used for manufacturing as well as the recycling of the used water.

Essilor's water management and usage



Our vehicle fleet is regularly reviewed to ensure our impact on the environment is minimal by using vehicles with low emission outputs. Over the past decade Essilor  has reduced it’s CO2 emissions from around 155g/CO2/km per a vehicle average to a current 101g/CO2/km with a target of sub 100g/CO2/km vehicle average from early 2020. As part of the continuous drive to reduce our carbon foot print our fleet will include a limited number of electric vehicles.

Essilor's carbon emissions


Waste management

Essilor has a zero to landfill waste management policy that allows us to utilise recycling facilities. Waste that cannot be recycled is used to create energy with a low impact on the environment.

In addition to this, we have initiated partnering with a UK company that enables us to donate furniture, equipment and materials to charities, schools, NHS Trusts and other NFP organisations. We do this to empower good causes to maximise their spending on positively impacting communities and helping people, rather than having to buy new kit.

Where possible, we are eliminating the use of single-use plastics from our packaging by the end of 2019. As we progress through 2019 most of our cardboard boxes used to send our products will be produced using 75%  recycled material and in turn will be 100% recyclable. 

Essilor's waste management


Renewable energy sources

We work very closely with our energy service partners and can confirm all mains electricity is procured from 100% sustainable sources. Typically 46% wind generation, 31% photovoltaic, 16% biomass and landfill gas generation and 7 % hydropower.

Renewable energy sources

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